54 Garfield Avenue,
Madison, N. J.,
April 9, 1924
After all how quickly six months roll around. When I last wrote a
Cousin's letter I was on a train traveling along Long Island Sound and
now in taking a little trip among the Berkshire Mountains, I find myself
again addressing my thoughts to the kin.
While riding up from New York on the train but before beginning this letter, I spent some time in a belated reading of "The Americanization of Edward Bok." Almost everyone knows Edward Bok as the editor of the Ladies' Home Journal. Just why I should mention the reading of a book in this letter is perhaps not quite evident. It just happened to be on my mind. The writer of the book is certainly an egotist but nevertheless there is the thought that this is one of the books that is well worth while for those who would seek inspiration from the lives of those who have overcome obstacles.
We think we as a family are very much Americanized and yet it was but a few short generations ago that our forefathers landed in this country. The path we travel in life is after all largely the path of our own making and so in a way the general direction of a group descending from the same forefathers is the result of their average thinking and acting. Somewhere back along the line as represented in our forefathers, each one of us is a foreigner landed in this country with the problems of conquest all ahead. Our group today quite largely represents what our Campbell forefathers stood for and through inheritance and environment encouraged us to stand for. Perhaps these letters among ourselves may for one purpose serve as a sort of a study into our own achievements, as a sort of a checkup on ourselves, and perhaps we each from the entire group may gain some little idea or ideas that will be helpful to us individually in attaining the maximum standard with which in the end the descendants of Joseph Campbell may be accredited.
In writing letters there is perhaps always the tendency to be either very personal or very preachy. It is a rare genius that knows where to draw the line on either of these inclinations. The contact among many of the Cousins is so close that the personal narrative assumes double interest, but in the case of some of us who have been some-
what isolated from the group at large, the little personal incidents of our lives may be of less interest to others.
"Mein frau," Anna, tells me I am too abstemious in relating personal incidents. I suppose she would have me tell you, if this were the fact, that the little old cat has a litter of little kittens, etc., but I doubt that would after all interest you. We have enjoyed good health. The boys, Donald and Gordon, are in school. Then Anna has not been washing dishes at the kitchen sink and performing other similar house duties, she has spent some time in efforts which she thought would be interesting to the community at large. Her principal activity has been a Parent-Teacher Association, for the organizing of which she has been quite largely responsible in our home town. She feels that some little time devoted to work of this kind may be a little contribution to others while the effort in itself is worth while for the person who makes it. It is claimed that the women of the State of New Jersey are more highly organized politically than the women of any other State. Anna finds it of great interest to participate in the activities of these organization and in meeting the keen minds which one naturally comes in contact in such work, there is a certain amount of education and inspiration.
At home we have been somewhat upset and somewhat confined owing to repairs on an old house which we purchased a year ago. It has been a lot of fun and a lot of work. It has sometimes been said the home is the open book of the individual, and surely it is somewhat worth while to make the home reflect ourselves and our taste. With us this done in a most modest way and we do not know how better to suggest a closer acquaintance with out Cousins than to suggest that as opportunity presents itself they drop in at Madison and thus read our book.
With cordial regards to all,
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